So I’ve heard through the grapevine that apparently some people like to take notes while they read books? Is this true?
And by reading books I don’t mean studying for a university exam. I mean sitting in your comfiest chair and reading your favourite fantasy novel or something.
When I heard that quite a few people did this, I was a little shocked, but I guess it makes sense in the end right?
If you’re a blogger, you’d probably want to remember different aspects of the book that you enjoyed.
Maybe there was a certain scene in the book that really stuck out to you, maybe there was a good foreshadowing in one of the earliest chapters, or maybe a quote that you just really liked.
In the end, whatever notes you took can be used to help create a good book review on your blog, but that is not the system I follow.
I guess to me, note taking seems kind of like I’m ruining my memory of the book.
When I read a book I like to be fully immersed in it. I like to believe that I am a ghost on the wall, experiencing the book’s story unfolding before me.
Taking notes on something I am a part of feels like a betrayal to me and the book.
Will I remember everything that happens? Probably not.
Will I remember that scene from the first chapter that basically foreshadowed the last scene of the book? Again, probably not.
Am I okay with that? Yes.
Why am I okay with that? Because me remembering the book is what I read a book for. What I take away from each book is what sticks with me. There’s a reason it sticks with me, and that’s why I remember it.
Plus, no offense to anybody who does take notes while reading, I don’t have time for that, and I can’t believe anybody does. I already take a long time to read books as it is, I don’t want to take an extra month because I am taking notes while reading a book.
Do you take notes while you’re reading? If so, why?